right-hand

adjective
\ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Definition of right-hand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand

noun

Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side

b : an indispensable person

2a : the right side

b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

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Put your right hand at your right ankle and your left hand at the inside of the right knee — elbows wide, shoulders down. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 Moments later, the man raises the chair in both hands, the knife still in his right hand, and charges in Torres’ direction. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Police pleaded with man to drop knife before shooting at behavioral health clinic, body camera footage shows," 3 July 2018 Fortunately for him, Mozart’s concerto places the burden on the right hand, which is tasked with runs and rhythmic complexity while the left often sets the mood with chords placed neatly on the beat. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Lang Lang, Classical Music’s Superstar, Returns Quietly," 8 July 2018 Vannata lands a quality right hand from close range. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose live round-by-round coverage," 8 July 2018 The man’s right hand was trapped while cleaning the rollers of the printing press at the end of his shift. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man gets hand stuck in industrial printing press, until firefighters arrive to help," 7 July 2018 Monk, who is right handed, shot 34.2% from beyond the arc on 3.9 attempts per game as a rookie. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Malik Monk Out for Remainder of Summer League With Fractured Thumb," 7 July 2018 Gordon’s right hand swiped the corner right before the ball fell out of Perez’s glove in his haste to apply the tag. Maria Torres, kansascity, "As Trevor Oaks wobbles and Alex Gordon steals home, Royals are swept by the Indians," 4 July 2018 His height is between 5-foot-8-inches and 5-foot-11-inches and has tattoos on his left hand, left forearm, right hand, right forearm and upper right arm. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan murder suspect is on FBI's 10 most wanted list," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of right-hand

Adjective

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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right-hand

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side

: made for the right hand

right-hand

adjective
\ˈrīt-ˌhand\

Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side

3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.

right-hand

adjective
\ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Medical Definition of right-hand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand

noun

Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side

2 : the right side

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